Horseracing

HBA Media to manage France Galop’s portfolio of events

International media rights agency, HBA Media, has been appointed as the global horseracing distribution partner of France Galop in a four-year agreement. The firm will control the steeplechase and flat racing authority’s racing portfolio in a bid to ensure global broadcast and multi-platform distribution for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and a further 26 Group 1 and Group …

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AllSported goes private to pursue ‘aggressive growth strategy’

Racing Post, Banach and TXODDS’s horseracing solution, AllSported, has been taken private following what is being described as a ‘substantial investment’.  The financial injection in the former three-way venture will be used to support an ‘aggressive’ growth strategy, facilitated by the new ownership that increases agility for the one-stop platform’s product development. Taking full control over its own operations, AllSported …

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O’Loughlin addresses ‘evolving needs’ of irish horseracing as new CEO

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) has appointed Darragh O’Loughlin as its new Chief Executive Officer, which comes into effect from 29 June 2022. Previously Secretary General of the Irish Pharmacy Union from 2013 until April 2022, O’Loughlin has also served as a Council member of The Pharmacy Regulator (PSI) for six years and was a  board member of the …

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Loyalbet gains access to multinational racing content from SIS

SIS (Sports Information Services) has secured its latest betting operator client, providing Loyalbet with horse and greyhound racing content from a range of countries. The agreement will cover over 65,000 live horse and dog racing events annually from across 165 racecourses and tracks from five continents, including ‘premium live’ UK and Irish horse racing fixtures.  Additionally, international horse racing coverage …

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Spotlight Sports to deliver a Kentucky boost for Playmaker’s Yardbarker

Spotlight Sports Group (SSG) has moved to strengthen its standing in North America via a new commercial partnership with Playmaker Capital that will continue its expansion of betting services on the continent.   The sports betting content and technology group has entered into an agreement with Playmaker Capital, to service its flagship US sports media platform Yardbarker. SSG will provide …

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Hong Kong racing reveals ‘record’ prize money of £158 million

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has revealed that it is going to offer a ‘record total’ prize money and incentives of HK$1.62 billion (approximately £158.6 million) across the 2022/23 racing season. The overall purse will be bolstered by a record single-season increase of 11.5% (HK$167.2 million) and feature a range of innovations, including increases in prize money across middle-distance races …

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Racehorse Lotto to pursue Irish expansion with £2m raise

James and Hugh O’Donnell have stated their intention to raise £2 million to support their ‘Racehorse Lotto’ venture’s expansion in Ireland, according to The Telegraph.  The brothers – James is the former horse racing breeder for the Queen and Hugh is CEO of Furlong Games and worked as an investment banker – want to grow the lottery, which functions as …

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Novibet to strengthen Irish brand presence via Brian Hughes deal

Novibet has moved to strengthen its position in horse racing and in the Irish betting space, partnering with champion jockey Brian Hughes.  The agreement is Novibet’s first in the sport of horse racing, whilst the firm is also hopeful that the deal will increase its brand recognition in Irish sports betting markets by partnering with Hughes for the remainder of …

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Entain reports Grand National success with 12.75m bets placed

This year’s Grand National proved to be another commercial success for the UK’s bookmakers, as Entain detailed that it had taken a ‘record-breaking’ number of wagers.  The Ladbrokes and Coral operator reported that over 12.75 million bets were placed during the three days of the Grand National festival at Aintree racecourse, a substantial increase on the last fixture in 2019.  …

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Betting operators hand over MP’s Grand National winnings to UK charities

Charities throughout the UK have benefited from large sums of money donated by bookmakers after MPs from around the country joined in on the Grand National action by placing charity bets. The UK’s biggest betting operators had vowed to hand over any winnings on MP charity bets to their charity of choice. The eventual winner was 50/1 shot Noble Yeats, …

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